What is your favorite part of being a nurse?

  1. I have a couple of questions for you all...

    What is your favorite part of being a nurse?

    What is or has been your favorite department to work in and why?

    Thank you for your input. I look forward to reading your responses.

    Have a great day!
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  2. 16 Comments

  3. by   Agnus
    Comming in and having a huge problem that takes all shift to resolve. Then turning over my patients to the next shift with the knowledge that their shift will go well because I resolved the problem once and for all at the 11th hour.
    It is amazing how you can spend your entire shift fighting to lower a raging fever, or lower an out of control and climbing BP then about and hour before your shift ends it all resolves. I leave with such a feeling of satisfaction.
  4. by   LasVegasRN
    My favorite part of being a nurse is how diverse this field can be. There are SO many different avenues you can take in your entire nursing career - what other profession can do that?

    When I was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed fresh out of nursing school, I was ready to conquer the WORLD. How true a statement that is - you can literally go anywhere in the world and personify your profession!

    In all, I love the patients. I love being able to converse with physicans and therapists and KNOW what the hell I'm talking about - WHY? Because I'm damn good and LOVE what I do.

    What it all boils down to is enjoying, embracing, loving, healing, and caring for others. :kiss
  5. by   Sleepyeyes
    What I really like is, being able to go into a patient's room, knowing exactly how to fix their current problem, and giving them immediate relief.
    They always thank me like I'm some kinda genius, when all I may've done was straighten a wrinkled bedpad.... :chuckle :roll
  6. by   Nittlebug
    I love ER. The things I love most: Constantly learning new things, bonding with coworkers, helping people - especially the elderly who are generally so greatful to have a helping hand and kind words. I love challenging myself, believing in myself and my coworkers that there is no situation we cannot handle. I love the human connection we all share. I love it when I can find compassion for even the most vile person. Sometimes that is the hardest challenge, but it can be the most rewarding.
  7. by   carlalogan
    Great, uplifting thread
  8. by   JJFROG
    Working in the ER, I love how each diagnosis presents itself so differently. We get to learn something new everyday. I don't I have ever said "I am so bored" while I was at work. Keeps you on your toes!
  9. by   Ted
    The "fire-side" chats with the patients. Had some great discussions about many interesting topics with some very wonderful people.

    Teaching. Enjoy explaining/demonstrating things to people and knowing that they've understood what was just taught them.

    Basically, the human interaction and compassion that's normally found in our profession.

    This is a great thread.


    Cheers,

    Ted
  10. by   judy ann
    What do I like best? My favorite specialty is labor and delivery, and the best part is when the miracle of birth occurs. I always feel it a special priviledge to be there and I feel that there is a Higher Power smiling on all in attendance. I also like geriatrics. Yes, I like 'em coming and going. I feel a special priviledge to be there when a dear person takes that last breath and goes on to the Great Beyond. I feel there is a Higher Power smiling on all in attendance. And in between these best parts, are all the times that I can do something for a patient that makes it "all better", and I get a smile, a thanks, a squeeze of the hand or, best of all, a hug. Families are also nice to relate to (most of the time) and it is rewarding when they are glad that I am the nurse on that shift. I also like the interaction with the staff, nurses, aides, dietariy, lab,. housekeeping, doctors, administration, etc. You know what just dawned on me? What I like best about being a nurse is being a nurse!!!! :chuckle
    Last edit by judy ann on Apr 10, '02
  11. by   moonrose2u
    my favorite part of being a nurse?

    the paycheck!

    its the only reason i stay in nursing!
  12. by   susanmary
    Going home knowing I've done my best.
  13. by   ERNurse752
    hehe...definitely going home.

    I like trying to figure out someone's Dx based on what they c/o when they come to the ER...try to anticipate what tests are going to be done. Also like fixing people's problems, and seeing improvement immediately - instant gratification. It's like a puzzle...

    Like being in the room with the doc, and re-explaining in English what he just said to the pt once he leaves the room.

    Like the feel of a 18 g IV sliding into a nice fat AC vein...

    Too tired to think of any more now
  14. by   Teshiee
    What I love about my job is interacting with the parents regarding the care of their neonate. Reassuring that we are doing our best ensure their baby is in good hands. In NICU you tend to develop bonds with the parents and babies, this makes my job so much easier it is like that saying it takes a village to raise a child. Well together we are all fighting for that little tyke to get through and go home. I wouldnt trade what I do for the world. :-)

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